Half Day Middle-Earth Tour: City Locations & Weta Cave
This Half day Lord of the Rings tour, run in conjunction with Wellington Rover Tours, brings you to the best locations in Wellington City. This is the easiest way to see Wellington's Lord of the Rings sights in half a day with the experience of a knowledgeable Lord of the Rings specialist guide.
There are two main parts to this tour. The first is exploring the film locations used around Wellington City. We start by heading up to Mt Victoria and after a quick stop at the lookout for fabulous views of the City & Harbor we drive down to the 'Green Belt'. Here we leave the vehicle and walk through the forest to stand where the actors stood while filming. We visit many different scenes here including "Shortcut to Mushrooms", " Get off the Road", "Race to the Ferry", "Dunharrow Plateau" and more.
For the second part of the tour, it's off to 'Wellywood' the heart of the Wellington Film industry. We drive out to the suburb of Mirimar where Sir Peter Jackson & Weta NZ have put the film studios & post production facilities. We stop at the Weta Cave shop & museum and include the new 'Workshop Tour'. This is a unique guided tour of the physical prop-making & make-up side of the Weta Studios. Then we see a short film about the Digital side of the productions. After time to allow you to pick up any souviners, we take you back to the city via Oriental Parade.